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Limnology and Marine Ecology - Organisms and Habitats BIOR86

15 credits

The course is offered during the first period of the autumn semester, and the language of instruction is English.

The aim of the course is that the student should acquire an overall view on organisms
and abiotic preconditions in aquatic systems from source to sea.


A person showing up a small frog. Photo.

The first part of the course includes the physical and chemical properties of water, species in the different organism groups and relationships in and between populations and their environment. Effects of human impact on aquatic ecosystems are discussed.
During the second part of the course field trips to different aquatic habitats typical for southern Sweden are conducted, where the relationships between abiotic conditions and the adaptations of organisms are studied. Samples for analysis of water chemistry, microorganisms as well as plant and animal communities are collected and analyzed in the laboratory. During the practical work (carried out in project groups) the students acquire experience of the most important field and laboratory methods and knowledge of the characteristics of different aquatic environments.
During the final part of the course the students carry out an individual project. The assignment is to define a subject, search for scientific literature, write a report, give an oral presentation and receive and give feedback to fellow students.

You find information about application, prerequisites and the syllabus for the course Limnology and Marine Ecology - Organisms and Habitats at Lund University's central web pages.



Lotta Persmark Study advisor
Biology and Bioinformatics

Tel: +46 46 222 37 28
Email: Lotta [dot] Persmark [at] biol [dot] lu [dot] se

Course coordinator

Course literature, 2021

Marine Ecology: Processes, Systems and Impacts (2020) Kaiser M.J., Attrill M.J., Jennings S., Thomas D., ISBN: 9780198717850

The Biology of Lakes and Ponds, 3'rd ed, (2017) Brönmark C., Hansson L.-A., Oxford University Press, ISBN-13: 978-0-19-871360-9


Not yet available.


The course will be given for the first time 2021.